By Andy Schmookler
If these are the early stages, I shudder to think what’s on the path ahead.
Two things brought that thought to mind.
One is my own aging. Aches and pains, stiffer muscles, presbyopia, diminished energy. As I approach my 67th birthday, I can imagine the kind of hard experience that led Bette Davis to say that old age isn’t for sissies. It’s no small challenge to come to terms with the ancient truth that the uphill part of life’s cycle is followed by the downhill.
Schmookler, recently the Democratic candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 6th District, is an author whose books include “Debating the Good Society: A Quest to Bridge America’s Moral Divide.”